Most Nigerian entertainers made quite a good deal out of 2016; for some entertainers, it was their breakthrough year and they made the most out of it.
At the beginning of every year, it’s ideal to review the previous year and anticipate a better year ahead. We are ready to look into the future of Nigerian entertainment, therefore, in as much as some new artistes will spring up in 2017, we bring you a list of Nigerian entertainers, who in our opinion did well last year, and are expected to make more waves in 2017.
Nigerian Entertainers For 2017
In no particular order, meet the future of Nigerian entertainment.
1. Mr. Eazi
2016 was the year of the anointing for not just Mr. Eazi but his fans. The Port-Harcourt born singer made the best decision to roll into Wizkid’s Star Boy Worldwide Label.
His first ever Concert, ‘Live if Eazi,’ which held on the 21st December 2016, was a huge success as tickets were sold out and the venue was packed full with fans and colleagues who wanted to have a feel of his anointing. We are positive he will do more in 2017.
2. Little Emmanuella
Big things, they say, come in small packs and Emmanuella is just one example of a small-but-mighty fellow. Groomed by her uncle and business partner, Mark Angel, six-year-old Emmanuella has made quite an impressive impact in the comedy world.
Despite being the youngest comedienne in Nigeria, Emmanuella attracts millions of views on YouTube with her comic skits.
In December 2017, she was crowned the Princess of Comedy in Australia and debuted in an international film “Survive and Die,” which is set for release in 2017.
3. Terry Apala
Terry Apala rose to stardom after a captivating lead performance with his former R&B now defunct group, Mezo Soprano. So far, the composer and singer has dished out some amazing songs like Eko ft Falz and has featured several popular acts including Ice Prince, Olamide, Phyno, Orezi, Fuse, Sugar Boy and Sexy Steel.
With the massive airplay his most recent songs ‘Champagne Shower’ and ‘Omidan’ are gaining, 2017 seems like the year Terry will finally make mega cheese.
4. Funke Akindele
Jennifer’s Diary remains one of the most-watched comedy series in Nigeria, thanks to the ‘I Need To Know’ Veteran actress, Funke.
She started the comedy drama as a two-part movie and later stretched it into a series. Although each episode of Jennifer’s Diary comes with a moral and take-home lesson, her fans need to see Funke Akindele act more movies where the posh part of her can be felt.
Mayorkun is one of the fastest growing entertainment rookies in Nigeria to watch out for this year. Signed to Davido’s HKN, his first single “Mayorkun Eleko” set a record as one of the first Nigerian music videos to hit over 1 million views on YouTube within 10 days of release. He sure is breaking more grounds in 2017.
6. Somkele Iyama
Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama is an actress and model. In 2016 alone, she appeared on the Ebola-inspired movie ‘93 Days,’ ‘The Wedding Party,’ ‘The Arbitration’ and popular TV series ‘Gidi Up.’
You will agree that the newly wedded and mother of one has more to bring on in 2017, as all her movies last year were hits.
7. Adekunle Gold
The buzz around the ‘Orente’ singer in 2016 was just so much, especially with the release of his debut album ‘Gold.’ However, after the release of the album, he went on a music tour in the US and gradually ended the year on a low key. We hope to see Adekunle Gold release more hits in 2017 than he ever did.
8. Adesua Etomi
After starring in her first feature film, Knocking On Heaven’s Door, Adesua Etomi went on to win the Best actress in a drama award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in Falling.
9. Julius Agwu
The Port-Harcourt born comedian has been off and on the entertainment scene due to his health. However, he still manages to do one or two video skits to keep his fans entertained. We wish Julius Agwu quick recovery and a huge come back within the first quarter of 2017.
10. Small Doctor
Small doctor has been around for a while now; he was ushered into the Nigerian music scene in 2012, after a couple his mixtapes and freestyles broke into the music market.
However, in 2017, he took his music career a notch higher. With songs like ‘Gbagaun,’ ‘Anobi,’ ‘Mosquito Killer’, Small Doctor has shown strong determination that he is working hard to make his music penetrate Nigeria and beyond. We hope 2017 makes that happen for him.